Junee IRCF Journey


Through the IRCF program in Junee, local community facilitators have contributed to supporting the Junee not-for-profits (NFPs) to build relationships, connect across the region, and work together on activating a Community Roadmap, a shared vision for the Junee community..


Program Manager Nancy Sposato – 0477 395 381


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Junee IRCF Goals

Junee is a medium-sized town in the Riverina region of NSW. The town of Junee is located on the lands of the Wiradjuri people.

With more than 80 NFPs located within its boundaries, Junee has a population of more than 6,200 people.

The community roadmap articulates the goals decided by the community, for the community. Applications for funding should be for projects that align with the goals found in the community roadmap.

Community Roadmap

2020 Junee Community Roadmap

2021 Junee Community Roadmap

2022 Junee Community Roadmap

Culmination Plan

As the IRCF program winds down in Junee, granting and program priorities have been identified and confirmed by communities. Learn more about these Culmination Priorities.

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Developing leadership capabilities, a renewed sense of community spirit and fostering skill development to create strong organisations that bring together various leaders, groups and residents.

  1. Encourage more volunteers to facilitate, participate and help within the community.
  2. Provide mentoring to new and existing members.


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Fostering relationships and practises that support efficient and effective collaboration with other not-for-profits to enhance community impact.

  1. Improved communications.
  2. Shared infrastructure and equipment.
  3. Community Development Officer (Shared FTE) supporting:
    1. Grants
    2. Event Promotion
    3. Marketing and Communications
  4. Ensure a community owned web-based database exists.

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Supporting community leaders to input new insights and energy to effort by providing lessons, systems and structures that demonstrates best practice.

  1. Study and exploration of systems that support:
    1. Collaboration
    2. Sharing
    3. Engagement
  2. Support uptake of online presence for NFPs including website and social media.
  3. Continued training and skill development across NFPs in:
    1. Leadership
    2. Partnerships
    3. Governance

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Providing tools and measures that support and enable the sustainability of organisations well into the future.

  1. Creating sustainable collaborative partnerships and space to support NFPs, the wider community and vulnerable people.
  2. Strategic planning to support sustainable and efficient NFPs across the triple bottom line – socially, environmentally and financially.
  3. Sustainability strategy for community facilities/spaces/place (e.g.: Halls, parks and showgrounds).
  4. Ensure NFP services and activities are represented in overall Junee Tourism strategy to enable promotion and revenue.

FRRR Contribution


Partnership Grants


Toolbox Grants


Toolbox Funds Remaining

As part of the IRCF program the communities of Junee, Leeton and the Nambucca Valley were allocated $1million in grant funds. To date, the granting process has been through Partnership Grant Rounds or ongoing quick response Toolbox Applications. As part of the culmination of the IRCF program for these communities, all remaining funds will now be granted through the Toolbox Grant Application process using the following guidelines.


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  • Evaluation

    Final Evaluation Data Collection Events

    During November 2023 FRRR has hosted the final evaluation data collection events in the VFFF communities of Junee, Leeton and Nambucca. We would like to thank all the community members who took the time to engage in these events, many who have been participating since 2020!   Through conversations with

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant to Facilitate Conference Attendance

    Junee Community Centre received a $4,826 grant through Toolbox Funding to support a professional development opportunity for two Junee delegates to the Social Impact in the Regions Conference. The opportunity offering learning and networking to strengthen current and future initiatives for the Junee NFP sector. Throughout their IRCF journey, the

  • Toolbox Funding

    Community Development Officer to Continue IRCF Impact

    Junee Community Development received $23,695 to employ a Community Development Officer to continue to build on the work implemented by IRCF. As part of this project, the Community Centre will also subscribe to iClick2learn's online community resources to support both Junee Community Centre and the broader NFP community. The funds

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant to Explore Community Battery Feasibility

    Junee Community Power received a $24,950 grant through Toolbox Funding to explore the feasibility of a community battery to help strengthen their financial viability through the reduction of power costs using solar PV systems. Established in 2017 Junee Community Power (JCP) is a dedicated volunteer organisation committed to advancing environmental

  • Evaluation

    May Evaluation – Community Insights Junee

    Sally and Nicole from Matrix on Board joined Program Manager Nancy and Community Facilitator Kate in Leeton for the May program evaluation cycle. This session was all about exploring the impacts of the program and starting to think about what's next, as the program starts to wind down. Some of

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant Awarded for Feasibility Study Part A

    Junee Community Centre received a $27,490 grant through Toolbox Funding to explore the feasibility of a physical community hub to provide a safe, non-triggering neutral space for persons, groups, organisations and service providers to meet. The project will provide external support to facilitate a Think Tank ensuring that all community

  • Toolbox Funding

    Junee Toolbox Grant Awarded

    Junee Roundhouse Rail Museum received a $23,600 grant through Toolbox Funding to deliver the Culmination of their Digital Capacity Project. This project provides digital technical support to upgrade and implement changes to the Museum website and provide training and work instructions to support functionality and use for current and future

  • Evaluation

    Junee Community Evaluation

    November Evaluation Event Highlights An important part of FRRR’s Investing in Rural Community Futures Program (IRCF) is an evaluation process that has occurred every 6 months since 2020. The focus of this work is to try to capture the impact of the program at a community level and the journey

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 3 Partnership Grants in Junee

    Round 3 of the Partnership Grants for Junee were announced November 2022. Four projects in Junee were successful in their application, sharing in just over $100,000. These recipients and their projects are outlined below. [ninja_tables id="4427"]

  • Toolbox Funding

    Toolbox Grant for Shared NFP Resources

    Riverina School Boys Football Carnival received $9,019 to purchase shared EFTPOS terminals for the NFP sector to use. The funds will facilitate the purchase of six Square terminals, portable EFTPOS terminals that will be made available as a Shared Community Resource that can be accessed by local NFP community groups

  • Partnership Grants

    2022 Partnership Grants Open

    Eligible not-for-profits in Junee and Nambucca Valley are now invited to apply for a partnership grant, with the 2022 grant round now open until 12 August 2022. Projects must: Align with the IRCF priority areas,Address a priority or goal identified in the relevant community roadmap, and Satisfy the criteria outlined

  • Roadmap Review

    2022 Roadmap Review

    During June 2022, community not-for-profits came together in Junee, Leeton and Nambucca Valley to review the IRCF roadmap and reflect on opportunities for the coming year.

  • Evaluation

    Program Evaluation Junee

    The IRCF program is evaluated every six months in Junee. Organisations who have been funded through the IRCF program meet with consultants to reflect on the program and measure the impact of funds granted. To support this process, an overall IRCF Evaluation Framework has been developed. This allows for reflection,

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 2 Partnership Grants in Junee

    Round 2 of the Partnership Grants for Junee were announced November 2021. This round was the third year of the IRCF program in Junee. Six projects in Junee were successful in their application, sharing in almost $390,000. These recipients and their projects are outlined below. [ninja_tables id="3247"]

  • Roadmap Review

    Junee 2021 Roadmap Review

    The Junee Community Roadmap aims to identify local not-for-profit (NFP) needs that align with the IRCF Priority Areas and the programs intention to strengthen how not-for profit organisations function and support sustainability.  The roadmap articulates the steps required to guide the sector in achieving shared goals. The purpose of a

  • Evaluation

    Program Evaluation for Junee

    The IRCF program in Junee is evaluated every six months. Organisations who have been funded through the IRCF program meet with consultants to reflect on the program and measure the impact of funds granted. To support this process, an overall IRCF Evaluation Framework has been developed. This allows for reflection,

  • Partnership Grants

    Round 1 Partnership Grants in Junee

    Round 1 of the Partnership Grants for Junee were announced in August 2020. Now in the second year of the IRCF program in Junee, the Partnership Round invited not-for-profits (NFP’s) in Junee to apply for up to $20,000 each to meet the goals identified in the roadmap. Six projects in

  • Local Facilitator Engaged

    Junee Facilitator Appointed

    An integral component of the IRCF program, is the role of local facilitator. This role supports participating NFPs to develop, implement and evaluate projects delivered through IRCF. Cahli Wall was our first Junee Facilitator, while our current Junee Facilitator is Kate Brabin. You can contact Kate on the below details.

  • Community Roadmap

    Junee Community Roadmapping Workshops

    On 25th February 2020, a group of passionate volunteers, board members, leaders and team members from community-based not-for-profit (NFP) organisations in Junee were invited to the Community Roadmap Workshop at Junee Ex-Services Club. Over two sessions, more than 100 attendees came along to the workshops, representing a broad range of

  • Junee announced as partner community for IRCF

    Junee was announced as a partner community for the IRCF program, along with Leeton and Nambucca Valley, following the successful Expression of Interest from Junee. Five communities in NSW were selected to participate in the Start-Up grant round of the IRCF program. Following the successful implementation of these projects, the

  • Start up grants

    Junee Start Up Grants

    Three Junee not-for-profits (NFP’s) shared in $60,000 in funding as part of the IRCF program launch in Junee.

Evaluation – NFP Health Check

The IRCF program is being independently evaluated by our delivery partner Matrix on Board for the life of the program. As part of this evaluation, FRRR is measuring the change and impact of the program at three different levels, this is being measured by using a series of tools.

There are three components to the evaluation of the IRCF program:

1. The change and impact on the capacity and sustainability of the individual NFP organisations involved in the program. One of these tools is an organisational self-assessment for committees to collectively discuss the current health of their organisation. It was designed specifically for the program looking at the four pillars of Strategy, People, Systems and Efficiencies. The assessment measures each pillar using a 5 point scale out of 12 areas of organisational competency, giving organisations a score out of 60, we are using a mean of this score across the funded organisations to monitor an overall health of these organisations and to track any impact, the program may have. All funded organisations take part in the self-assessment. These assessments are undertaken every six-months, with an additional one-on-one interview with each organisation.

2. The impact of the program on overall community change as a result of the work of the organisations. This will be measured through the engagement of all organisations in the community through a Community Workshop facilitated by the Evaluation Team using the Harwood Index. In each community there has been a range of external individuals to the project selected that meet with the evaluation panel every 6 months for breakfast to discuss the impact IRCF is having.

3. FRRR’s own impact on the program. Most of this performance is in the form of measurable data such as dollars spent, the number of organisations who have been able to participate in the program and the number of people impacted by the programs/projects delivered. Reporting and interviews are employed to capture the effectiveness and impact of the Community Facilitators employed to support the organisations.